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Sidney the baby otter (video) CUTE!

  1. Nov 19, 2009 #1

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    There are some obvious differences in behavior between this little guy and a ferret kit. The ferret would have taken every portable object, and stashed them in a pile in a location where only he or she would be able to get at them easily. Also, ferrets manipulate things with their front paws and can open doors, drawers, latches, etc. The toy trapped under the plastic basket would have been out of there in a second if Sidney was a ferret.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJjeG4ZFn6E&feature=player_embedded
     
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  3. Nov 19, 2009 #2

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    Also having volunteered at an aquarium i can tell you that otters are viscous little ****** that you can't turn your back on (at least sea otters)
    While as a yorkshireman I can confirm that ferrets are friendly and can be safely stored in your trousers.
     
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  4. Nov 19, 2009 #3
    Do these otters need constant access to water, or could they live well on land?
     
  5. Nov 19, 2009 #4

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    Otters mostly live on land, they only go into the water to catch fish.
    Sea otters live in the water all the time
     
  6. Nov 19, 2009 #5

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    VISCOUS??? As in viscosity?

    What do they do to you, exactly?
     
  7. Nov 19, 2009 #6

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    The otters that we have in our ponds and streams are very curious, and gregarious critters. There is a small pond where I sometimes go to catch a little fly-fishing and about every year, there is another brood of otters living there. The little ones get really close to my canoe, and kick their hind feet so they can get their heads and bodies out of the water as much as possible, to get a better look (fuzzy brown periscopes). Usually mama is barking at them and scolding them, but they are REALLY curious and try to ignore her for at least a while. They've got some pretty impressive teeth, so I've never been tempted to trap one and take it home.
     
  8. Nov 19, 2009 #7

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    I think mgb_phys is saying they're thick...like, stupid.
     
  9. Nov 19, 2009 #8

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    Damn autocomplete!

    They will take food from your hand, or your hand - it's all protein, they aren't fussy.
    They are also a bit aggressive when there are lady otters around - they have hairy chests and it's hard to swim with a gold medallion so they have to show off in other ways.

    In the wild they are worse, they will go for divers that are in their territory. Sea otters can be fairly big - easily the size of a very large dog, have big teeth and swim better than you.
     
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